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Artist: Maurits Cornelis (M. C.) Escher (Dutch, 1898–1972)
Culture: Dutch
Date: 1969
Medium: Woodcut in orange, green and black, printed from three blocks, on paper
image/sheet: 22 x 18 1/2 inches (55.9 x 47 cm)
Mat: 34 x 26 inches (86.4 x 66 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of Professor John Staddon
Label Text:I try in my prints to testify that we live in a beautiful and orderly world, and not in a formless chaos, as it sometimes seems. M.C. Escher

In his lifetime, Maurits Cornelis (M.C.) Escher made hundreds of images that create orderly worlds.

Escher's work is remarkable for his precise and intricate use of line that shapes space, often in fantastical ways. In Snakes the artist creates far-reaching three dimensional space with forms that appear to recede infinitely into the distance.

Snakes, the last print that Escher made before he died, depicts the concept of infinity. The interconnected rings get smaller towards the center of the circle and at the outer edges.

Object number: 2006.2.4